South Dakota State Fish


Walleye (Sander vitreus) artwork

Walleye (Sander vitreus) artwork by Timothy Knepp / USFWS (public domain image on Wikipedia).


South Dakota designated the walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) as the official state fish in 1982.

Walleyes are most at home in large, clear, cool lakes. Their eyes are sensitive to light, so they go to deep, dark waters during the day and move to shallow areas at night.

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Walleye showing reflecting eye; photo © Brian Jorg / CritterZone Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used with permission).


Walleye (Stizostedion canadense); illustration by Duane Raver / USFWS Digital Library: Walleye (public domain image).

Walleye illustration